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Gender-Based Housing Considerations

Students who need housing considerations due to their gender identity should complete the Gender-Based Housing Consideration Form. Considerations may include access to affirming bathrooms, roommates, and room type.

Submission Deadlines:

Submission deadlines
Type of Student Housing Start Date Submission Deadline
Incoming First Year Fall 2020 June 5, 2020
Returning Students Fall 2020 February 7, 2020

Note: Considerations submitted after the above deadlines will be considered depending on availability. 

Have questions about Gender-Based Considerations that are not answered in our FAQ below? Feel free to email the Coordinator for LGBTQ Support & Diversity Programs, Anna Morrison at amorrison@american.edu.

Gender Based Housing Considerations FAQ

Students who have specific considerations based on their gender identity
(transgender students looking for accepting roommates, non-binary students looking to have access to a gender-neutral restroom, and other gender-identity related considerations) may submit the form.

No. Each request is carefully reviewed and must meet the criteria for consideration. All considerations are based on availability and are only for gender-identity related considerations.

No. The Gender-Based Housing Considerations form is only for students who have housing considerations based on their gender identity.

Electing into all-gender housing indicates that a student is comfortable living with other students regardless of their or their roommate’s gender identity or sex assigned at birth. Any student may elect into all-gender housing on their housing form. The Gender-Based Housing Considerations form is only for students with gender-based considerations which may include access to non-gendered restrooms, accepting roommates, and room type.

No. Upper class students wishing to enter into room selection with differently gendered roommates only need to select into all-gender housing on their housing forms. Then, they will be able to select into a room with student(s) of any gender.

No. American University has a non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity. These policies are designed to support and protect our community members. Not only does this ensure that all of our students can participate fully in their college experiences, but also that we don’t ask about anyone’s sex assigned at birth, since it does not and should not affect their education. This is a crucial part of our plan for Inclusive Excellence, which underlies all of our work at AU. Students who do not elect into all-gender housing and do not fill out the Gender-Based Housing Considerations form will be eligible to room only with someone with the same legal sex on file.

Yes, you can submit a Gender-Based Housing Considerations form at any time. However, these considerations are all based on availability. Turning in the form before the deadline is preferred and enables our team to make recommendations when there is the greatest number of rooms available.